The GRP Secretariat

The GRP Secretariat is small team that convenes and catalyses actions by the Partners and implements specific activities on behalf of the Partnership. The Secretariat is hosted at the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University. 

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Nathanial (Nate) Matthews

CEO

Nate is the CEO of the Global Resilience Partnership. Previously, he led GRP’s resilience innovation investments with oversight across the technical work teams as GRP’s Program Director. Prior to joining GRP, he was the Global Research Coordinator at the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems and held various positions in the water sector and private sector. He has 16 years’ experience spanning over 30 countries.  He contributes to numerous international forums and initiatives including as a lead author in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), an IPCC Expert Reviewer, an advisory board member of the Economist Sustainability Summit, an Obama Foundation mentor, a member of the Expert working group on Adaptation and Resilience at Climate Bonds Initiative, a member of the RISK Award Jury with Munich Re Foundation and as a working group member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report. Nate holds a PhD in Geography from King’s College London and has published two books and authored over 55 scientific publications and reports.  He is a Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Geography at KCL, a Visiting Fellow at the University of East Anglia Water Security Centre and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.

Simone Verkaart

Design and Impact Lead

As Design and Impact lead, Simone manages the design, operationalization and implementation of the Global Resilience Partnership’s programme wide monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.  Previously, she worked at ICRISAT in Nairobi and the evaluation department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She holds a PhD in Development Economics from Wageningen University and has a background in Development Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Business Studies.

Jesper Hörnberg

Lead of Innovation and Scaling, Lead of GRP Incubator

Jesper’s focus is on change management and creative disruption. He manages and coordinates a small team of experts from various fields. He provides oversight and leadership for GRP’s work on developing, improving, and scaling initiatives by the GRP challenge winners as well as external initiatives and ideas. He is the co-founder of a few businesses. He has held various positions in the development sector and private sector and has been an adviser and consultant to a wide range of organisations and companies. Jesper holds an MBA from the International Institute for Management Development (IMD), Lausanne. 

David Howlett

Head of Policy

David leads GRP’s work on policy and investment into resilience. He has over thirty-five years’ experience in development in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. He has worked for national governments and international organisations including the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). At DFID he led on climate resilient agriculture managing DFID’s support to IFAD’s Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme and where he designed the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extreme Disasters (BRACED) programme. David has an academic background in chemistry, soil sciences, agriculture and environmental management.

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Anastasia Brainich

Policy Officer

Anastasia ensures management, planning and strategic coordination within the policy track work of GRP, including the wider Climate Resilience Network. This entails, among others, informing, collaborating and convening partners around regional and global events under resilience and adaptation umbrella, with specific focus on conflict and fragility, nature-based solutions, and food and water security themes. Previously, Anastasia coordinated the first ever global assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration at IPBES, and was engaged in sustainable land management issues at UNCCD. She holds an M.A. in Global Relations and International Leadership from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Albert Norström

Head of Knowledge and Evidence

Albert leads GRPs work to advance the understanding and knowledge about resilience. Between 2012-2018, he served as Executive Director of Future Earth’s Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS). Following that he served as Deputy Director of the “Guidance for Resilience in the Anthropocene: Investments for Development” (GRAID) programme, which was hosted by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Albert’s research focus is broad, and involves: i) work on the resilience of marine social-ecological systems, ii) identifying weak signals of positive change in the Anthropocene that can underpin futures that are desirable, just and sustainable, and iii) developing evidence-based frameworks to improve and operationalize knowledge co-production in sustainability research.

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Cibele Queiroz

Researcher for Evidence-based Resilience

Cibele works with advancing evidence-based knowledge on resilience, with a main focus on resilience of food systems and local livelihoods in food production landscapes. Her work has also a strong emphasis on the management of ecosystem services and biodiversity under social-environmental change. She engages in co-production of knowledge in close collaboration with GRP partners, and in the latest years she has co-organized several multi-stakeholder dialogues convened by GRP on Food and Water Resilience. She co-leads the Resilience and Development theme at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and between 2016-2020 had a research coordination role in a scientific exchange programme between the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stanford University. Cibele holds a Ph.D in Sustainability Science at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

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Maike Hamann

Researcher for Evidence-based Resilience

Maike is a researcher based at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Her work at GRP focuses on building knowledge networks and enabling learning in the areas of social-ecological resilience and development, particularly within the southern African region and across the Global South. In her own research, she uses an ecosystem services approach to understand how nature contributes to human well-being, and explores the impact of inequality on people-nature relationships. Maike holds a PhD in Sustainability Science from the Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden.

Ida Gabrielsson 

Partnership Engagement & Communications Officer

Ida works to increase GRP’s engagement with its 60+ partners. This includes organizing regular engagements for Partners to share their work through webinars, meetings, and written communication. Ida also maintains the website and curates GRP’s monthly newsletter. Previously, Ida worked as a communications and impact officer on the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (ESPA) funded project: Sustainable Poverty Alleviation from Coastal Ecosystem Services (SPACES). She holds an MSc in Environmental Communication from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University (GW) Elliot School of International Affairs.

Emma Ludvigsson

Team Coordinator

Emma is the Team Coordinator for GRP and works with coordination of GRP’s activities and manages agreements with downstream partners and funders. She previously worked with private sector collaboration for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). She previously worked with private sector collaboration for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). Emma has a Master’s Degree in International Politics from Fudan University, Shanghai, China, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Economics from School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University.

Ashley Perl

Communications Officer

Ashley works with GRP’s digital communications. She has worked as a Communications Officer at the Stockholm Resilience Centre since 2016, where she has worked on several science communication and research projects. She specializes in taking scientific knowledge and turning it into written, photo, or video content that connects with a wider audience. Ashley holds an MSc in Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development from Stockholm University and an Honours BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.

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Laura Robarth

Financial Administrator

Laura manages agreements with Partners, including budgets and financial reports and other tasks in finance and administration at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. Previously, she worked at Nordea Bank as a special cases administrator with a focus on countering money laundering and terrorist financing. She has also worked as an assistant auditor at BDO and performed audits and helped clients with diverse financial tasks. Laura holds an Bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from University of Gävle and an Master’s degree in accounting and auditing from University of Stockholm.